Prospect’s Far-Right Friend
The magazine’s latest issue, out today, features an advert for a book by a BNP blogger that we at Standpoint refused to publish
Nick Griffin: He calls “Dark Albion” an “underground classic”
Last month’s Prospect magazine led with the headline “Let them come in?” on its cover, and flagged up three pieces which dealt with immigration in an increasingly globalised world. Discussing Paul Collier’s feature on the subject, Prospect‘s editor, Bronwen Maddox, said in her editorial: “It is impossible to reject his call for the kind of direct discussion about how many immigrants Britain might want to let in, and which ones.”
Seemingly, opening up the debate includes running ads for far-Right publishers. Prospect’s current issue, out today, includes a half-page advertisement on page 87 for a book, Dark Albion, written by one David Abbott, which describes “the arrival of vast hordes of settlers” to the UK and which “depicts mass immigration as a catastrophe”.
Abbott writes under the pseudonym “Man of Kent” when he blogs on the British National Party’s official website. The 33 essays in the book — which in the Prospect ad are referred to as “witty” and “full of insight, humour, satire and literary allusion” — form the basis of his online articles. One, entitled “Islam’s Porkies”, describes the “sinister” and “suffocating” takeover of the British Isles by Islam: “Muslims should be classified somewhere in the invasive species category, along with Japanese knotweed.”
Elsewhere on the BNP’s site is a review of Dark Albion by Nick Griffin. Griffin is complimentary about the book. He especially likes Abbott’s critique of Black History Month and his “stunning” portrait of England in 2066, “the year the Muslims make their bid for power”. Indeed, he liked it enough to provide the puff on the book’s front cover — “An underground classic” — which is conspicuous by its absence on the Prospect ad.
We were offered the same advert here at Standpoint. An email arrived from a man calling himself Alan Barrett from something called Sparrow Books who offered to pay full-whack for a quarter-page ad for an unspecified work of non-fiction. It is unusual for prospective advertisers not to negotiate on price, so we thought something was up. When “Alan”, or “David Abbott”, or whoever he is, sent through the artwork for the ad, we flatly rejected it, on the grounds of its dubious provenance — the most cursory Google search throws up the connection between David Abbott and the BNP, but to be honest, Dark Albion‘s title, along with its subtitle, “Requiem for the English”, is a decent clue as to where its author’s sympathies lie.
Perhaps Prospect really are opening up the debate on immigration and are willing to give a platform for the widest of a wide-range of views. But more than likely they just looked the other way and accepted a good deal of money for an advert they shouldn’t have printed.